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Terre Haute, Indiana

All the talk today is going to be on the Northeast and New England states, as a powerful winter storm takes aim. Will it be the snowiest Pi Day in history for them? Probably. But alas, we’re focused on Indiana today! Let’s see how the Midwest is faring.

At 1153pm EDT, the temperature at Terre Haute, IN was 30 degrees under overcast skies. Snowfall from earlier today has pushed off to the east mostly, getting ready to cripple the Northeast. There could be a couple lingering snow showers in the area early this morning, but conditions will settle down throughout the day as high pressure begins to build in over the Midwest. Wednesday looks to clear out as high pressure settles overhead, with sunny skies and temperatures a lil bit warmer perhaps. Wednesday morning will be chilly with the clear skies, but a lot nicer than the last couple days have been!

Tuesday: Isolated snow shower possible, otherwise cloudy. High 31, Low 22.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 18.

TWC: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of snow shower. High 33, Low 23.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 17.

AW: Tuesday: Cloudy with a snow shower; breezy. High 33, Low 24.
Wednesday: Partly sunny and cold. High 35, Low 17.

NWS: Tuesday: Chance of snow showers. High 34, Low 24.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 35, Low 17.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of snow showers. High 32, Low 19
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 33, Low 18.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with chance of light snow showers. High 34, Low 21.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 36, Low 18.

FIO: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy until evening. High 35, Low 21.
Wednesday: Clear throughout the day. High 38, Low 20.

Some higher clouds associated with tomorrow’s Northeast blizzard are shifting out of the Ohio Valley, while additional clouds stream in from the west. A deck of low clouds is found over IL/IN this evening, but is expected to clear out for Wednesday.

Chilly End To Weekend

The forecast for Dothan, AL panned out as expected, precip-wise anyways. Saturday was pleasantly sunny, perhaps just a couple degrees cooler than expected. Sunday morning, the light rain showers moved on in, but overcast skies behind it kept temperatures WAY below what was expected. Like 10 degrees lower. Oops. Oh well, people probably weren’t going out much Sunday anyways. VW, TWC, and AW all tied for the win, albeit not with a score we’re particularly proud of.

Saturday: High 69, Low 45.
Sunday: 0.17″ of rain. High 54, Low 46.
Forecast Grade: D

Dothan, Alabama

Today we head off to the Deep South, someplace much warmer than VW HQ. Will they see some precip in the liquid form this weekend? Or will Spring Break start off hot and sunny?

At 1053pm CST, the temperature at Dothan, AL was 56 degrees under fair skies. A bit of high pressure continues to linger over the Southeast, but a pattern change is about to happen. There’s a ill-organized area of low pressure found pushing into the Central Plains tonight and will continue to ride the base of an upper-level trough, shifting its way into the Southeast during the early morning hours on Sunday. Some rain showers will start pushing into southeastern Alabama during the early morning hours and last until the early afternoon before continuing off to the east. Late Sunday evening should clear out precip-wise, but clouds are expected to linger. So, kind of a half-and-half weekend shaping up. Enjoy Saturday!

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Sunday: Cloudy, morning showers expected. High 64, Low 48.

TWC: Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 45.
Sunday: Cloudy, scattered showers. High 63, Low 50.

AW: Saturday: Thickening clouds. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Cooler with showers around. High 63, Low 50.

NWS: Saturday: Sunny, increasing clouds late. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Rain likely in morning, then decreasing by evening. High 63, Low 51.

WB: Saturday: Sunny. High 71, Low 46.
Sunday: Showers expected. High 63, Low 52.

WN: Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with rain likely. High 63, Low 51.

FIO: Saturday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. High 76, Low 46.
Sunday: Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 63, Low 50.

Southeastern AL is pretty quiet today, while rain showers and some thunderstorms continue to stir over the far Western GOM. Eventually it will make its way to Dothan, but first, a nice start to the weekend!

Lubbock, Texas to Ithaca, New York

Today we tackle a 1,715-mile, 4-day road trip from Western Texas to central NY. It’s going to take up parts of 2 months to accomplish! Let’s take a look at how March is going to start up on this trip.

DAY ONE

A disturbance is working its way through the Lower MS River Valley, but while the bulk of the thunderstorm activity will shift into the Deep South, some lingering shower and isolated thunderstorm activity will remain possible over the Red River Valley region during the day. We’ll avoid most of that activity as we head eastward from Lubbock to Wichita Falls then head north to Oklahoma City. We could encounter some of that shower/storm activity as we push into OK City, but will be scattered at worst as we cruise on through Oklahoma’s capital and finish up in Tulsa for the night.

DAY TWO

An area of low pressure over NE/IA is shifting towards the Great Lakes today and is expected to fire off strong to severe thunderstorms from southern MO/northern AR through IL to IN starting in the late morning hours and last through the afternoon as it pushes northeast. Luckily for us, we’ll be chasing the action in a sense, as it will stay ahead of our route as we push out of Tulsa up I-44 past Springfield to St Louis. We’ll eventually finish the day in Effingham, IL, feeling lucky as we only see some cloudy skies and maybe just a couple of stray showers throughout the day.

DAY THREE

Well, for as lucky as we were yesterday, today is going to be a rougher day. An area of low pressure will develop over N IL/IN and kick off another round of showers and thunderstorms from the OH Valley down to the Deep South. It’s going to be a soggy start to the day as we head east on I-70 towards Indianapolis and continue on towards Columbus. We’re going to be staying in the warm sector of the store during the day, so at least we won’t be hit by heavy snow (which is expected from N IL into Central MI during the day/afternoon). We’ll finish the day in Ashtabula, OH, on the shores of Lake Erie.

DAY FOUR

The low pressure system is rapidly pushing out over New England and will shift past Nova Scotia by midday. Northwesterly flow over the Lakes will kick up some lake effect snow over the typically prone areas during the day, so we’ll see some snow showers as we head out of Ashtabula in the morning. We’ll continue seeing this activity as we pass Erie and eventually into southwestern NY. Activity will finally wind down as we head further inland, trickling down to just some isolated snow showers and should mostly tail off as we finish the day in Ithaca around midday.

Farmington, New Mexico

Off we go to a less-traveled to state in our forecasting universe, New Mexico! Fun fact, the Continental Divide enters Mexico through New Mexico! Now go wow your buddies at trivia night with that tidbit.

At 753pm MST, the temperature at Farmington, NM was 58 degrees under fair skies. A low pressure system is working its way through the Southwestern US right now, bringing rain and mountain snows from WY down to Central/Southern CA. It will slowly work its way into the Four Corners region on Saturday, with perhaps a couple of light showers making their way into NW New Mexico during the evening hours. There’s a better chance of rain shower activity on Sunday as it pushes further east, but the bulk of activity will continue to get held up a bit to the north and west of Farmington. The system itself will probably linger in the region for a bit as it gets cutoff along the US/Mexico border and strong high pressure takes hold over the Central US. Might not be the best weekend to be outside, but it won’t be a washout by any means.

Saturday: Cloudy, possible late evening showers. High 63, Low 39.
Sunday: Rain showers possible through early evening. High 54, Low 36.

TWC: Saturday: Cloudy. High 62, Low 40.
Sunday: Morning rain showers. High 55, Low 38.

AW: Saturday: Periods of clouds and sun. High 62, Low 42.
Sunday: Morning showers, cloudy, cooler. High 55, Low 39.

NWS: Saturday: Slight chance of rain. High 61, Low 38.
Sunday: chance of rain. High 56, Low 37.

WB: Saturday: Chance of rain. High 61, Low 43.
Sunday: Chance of storms. High 54, Low 40.

WN: Saturday: Cloudy with chance of light rain. High 61, Low 37.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 55, Low 37.

FIO: Saturday: Light rain starting in the evening. High 62, Low 40.
Sunday: Light rain until afternoon. High 54, Low 39.

Here we see the stream of clouds associated with the jet stream and related front underneath. This activity will push further over the Four Corners region as the weekend progresses.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona to Killeen, Texas

Today we embark on a road trip that will take us from the Desert Southwest to the heart of Texas! 1,183 miles separate Lake Havasu from Killeen, and it’ll take 3 days to cover the ground, so sadly it will take all weekend to do so.

DAY ONE

Some high overcast skies are expected as we depart the area and head east on I-40 as a system is pushing its way over the Western US, bringing more plentiful rains and mountain snows to the Sierras and Northern Rockies. Luckily, we’ll be ahead of the system today and shouldn’t encounter any significant winds either. We’ll end this fairly uneventful day in Albuquerque.

DAY TWO

An area of low pressure develops over the Central Plains out as the energy from over the Western US finally begins to eject out over the Plains. High clouds will continue over the region, and once again, we’ll be avoiding the precip today as the main bulk of it remains caught up in the Four Corners region as well as some light activity possibly being found off to the northeast of our route. Winds will probably be a bit gustier from the south as we make our way past Lubbock and eventually into Abilene for the night

DAY THREE

High pressure continues to barrel southward over the Central/Southern Plains, however winds will continue to be elevated as low pressure cutoff over the Southwest will keep the gradient up over the region. Clouds will be more plentiful today, with a lower stratus layer expected to linger through much of the morning. Some of it might break up as our short day ends in Killeen around noon, but sunshine won’t be terribly long-lived today.

Kalamazoo, Michigan to Iowa City, Iowa

Let’s take a little road trip shall we? Today’s is an easy one, just 350 miles separate Kalamazoo from Iowa City. Perhaps Western Michigan is off to play a non-conference game against the University of Iowa? Let’s see if weather will slow down our jaunt to see some quality athletics!

A few snow showers that fell during the early morning hours, but will have dissipated by the time we wake up and start heading out the door. High pressure is nosing its way over the Midwest, which should keep the entire route over northwest IA, northern IL, and eastern IA dry. There’ll be some passing clouds at times, but nothing we should be particularly worried about. A pretty easy drive!

Iowa City, Iowa

Off to a city so nice, Iowa named it after itself! Hmmm, seems a bit conceited though, right? Bah, we’ll let it slide this time. They’re good people!

At 1052pm CST, the temperature at Iowa City, IA was 22 degrees under overcast skies. High pressure over the Dakotas/Montana extends into the Midwest tonight, keeping conditions fairly quiet, despite a small bit of flurries scurrying on by towards the southwest. These won’t affect Iowa City overnight as the shift into Missouri. Over the next couple of days, that high pressure will shift directly over the Midwest, keeping the conditions in Eastern Iowa fairly quiet. It’ll be a little bit chillier than it has been the last couple of days, so might have to bundle up just a little more for the rest of the workweek. But at least it’ll be dry!

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 25, Low 14.
Friday: Morning clouds, burning off by afternoon. High 27, Low 11.

TWC: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 26, Low 17.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 29, Low 17.

AW: Thursday: Partly sunny. High 26, Low 15.
Friday: Clouds giving way to some sun. High 28, Low 14.

NWS: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 25, Low 13.
Friday: Decreasing clouds. High 27, Low 14.

WB: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 23, Low 17.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 27, Low 16.

WN: Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 25, Low 12.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 27, Low 14.

FIO: Thursday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. High 28, Low 15.
Friday: Mostly cloudy until afternoon. High 29, Low 16.

There is a bit of cloud cover moving just over the city, mainly off to the southwest. That’s about as exciting as it’s going to get for the rest of the work week.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo sounds like a funny, far-away place where wacky things happen. While I’m sure some wacky things happen in Southern Michigan, it’s not really that far away at all. Maybe we’ll get some wacky weather!

At 753pm EST, the temperature at Kalamazoo, MI was 34 degrees under overcast skies. One area of low pressure is pushing away from Lake Erie and Ontario while another found just north of Lake Superior is trailing a cold front through the Upper Midwest. A westerly fetch will keep snow showers stirred up over southern Michigan tonight through Wednesday, but additional accumulations shouldn’t be too high, around an inch or so. Westerly winds continue into Thursday, but with high pressure pushing into the region, no real lake effect issues are expected. Skies will remain cloudy throughout the day with temperatures taking a bit of a dip after the cold front moves through.

Wednesday: Scattered snow showers throughout the day. High 35, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 23, Low 17.

TWC: Wednesday: Snow showers. High 33, Low 21.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, isolated snow showers. High 21, Low 17.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a snow shower. High 35, Low 21
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and colder. High 24, 15.

NWS: Wednesday: Chance of snow showers. High 32, Low 22.
Thursday: Slight chance of snow showers, mostly cloudy during the day. High 22, Low 16.

WB: Wednesday: Chance of snow showers throughout the day. High 33, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 18, Low 15.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with chance of snow showers. High 32, Low 16.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with chance of snow showers. High 19, Low 16.

FIO: Wednesday: Light snow starting overnight, continuing until morning. High 33, Low 14.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy until evening. High 18, Low 11.

Here we see some light snow showers in the area. Activity is expected to linger in the region until Thursday morning as a system works through the area.

Longview, Texas

Today we take a trip to the Lone-Star State and take a gander at what’s happening down that way. Hopefully it’s less gloomy than it has been up our way the last several days!

At 753pm CST, the temperature at Longview, TX was 50 degrees under fair skies. Broad high pressure that is parked over the Gulf of Mexico is keeping much of the Southern Plains to the Deep South high and dry today and looks to continue through Tuesday. Wednesday sees an area of low pressure develop along the OK/TX border. While no precip is expected on Wednesday from this system, clouds will be on the increase. There’s a slight chance of precip on Thursday and Friday from this feature as it lingers in the region, but as far as the next couple days are concerned, it’s looking like a great way to end the month!

Tuesday: Sunny and warm. High 75, Low 47
Wednesday: Increasing afternoon clouds. High 73, Low 51.

TWC: Tuesday: Sunny. High 75, Low 49.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 53.

AW: Tuesday: Sunny and warm. High 73, Low 44.
Wednesday: Very warm with some sun. High 74, Low 51.

NWS: Tuesday: Sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 72, Low 52.

WB: Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 47.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 72, Low 54.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 46.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 52.

FIO: Tuesday: Clear thoughout the day. High 78, Low 46.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until night. High 75, Low 53.

As evidenced by the satellite picture, there really isn’t much of anything going on in East TX tonight. Not much is going to happen in the next couple of days either.